Australia’s Optus has announced the switching on of its first six 5G mmWave commercial sites in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In a press release regarding the network development, the cellco noted that the new sites are equipped with 800MHz of spectrum in the 26GHz band, which it acquired in an auction which finished last month. In terms of specific deployment locations, Optus identified four locations in Sydney – Kings Cross, Surry Hills, North Ryde and Optus Sydney Campus – as well as Huntingdale in Melbourne and Strathpine in Brisbane, while it said it expects to roll out more sites ‘over the coming weeks’.
Alongside making the announcement regarding the rollout of mmWave sites, Optus also confirmed that it has now reached one million 5G capable devices on its network, while noting that it has a total of 1,200 5G sites in operation across the country.
Commenting, Matt Williams, Managing Director Marketing and Revenue Optus, said: ‘What a fantastic day for Optus 5G as we mark not one, but two milestones on our world class network. The demand from our customers for 5G capable devices has surged in recent months, with eight out of ten handsets that we sell today now 5G enabled. One million 5G devices is just the beginning for us and as we grow our 5G network and launch new capabilities we expect our 5G customer base to grow in parallel.’